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  • Grace Wales Bonner, photography Chloé Le Drezen. / “The Knight with his Hand on his Breast” by El Greco (c.1584) Collage art by @artlexachung

  • Charles Jeffrey / “Number 12” by Jackson Pollock (1949). Photography Chloé Le Drezen Collage art by @artlexachung

  • “Hotel Bedroom (Detail)” by Lucian Freud (1954) / Matthew Miller. Photography Chloé Le Drezen Collage art by @artlexachung


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Dazed & Confused explores the art behind London menswear collections

Always on the lookout for the latest trends in art and fashion, Dazed & Confused magazine asked Beatriz and Maria Valdovin, the minds behind @artlexachung, to trace how art has inspired the latest London menswear collections. The artistic duo did an extensive research in order to detect the classical and modern references behind the shows, offering a totally new perspective on the creative process hidden behind the designs: the stripe suits of Topman Design are matched with Norman Rockwell’sThe Discovery” painting (1956), the splash prints of Charles Jefrey are juxtaposed with one of Jackson Pollock’s trademark abstract paintings, Liam Hodges’ graphic sweatshirts are compared with Piet Mondrian’sComposition with Blue” (1937), the intricate textures of Bobby Abley are juxtaposed with the trompe-l’oeil wrinkled wrapping papers of Yrjö Edelmann, while Alexander McQueen’s military-inspired suits stand next to Egon Schiele’sRussian Prisoner of War”(1916).

The two sisters, who are in their early twenties and are based in Zaragoza, Spain, became famous for their @artlexachung Instagram account that matches Alexa Chung’s famous poses for magazine editorials and fashion campaigns with masterpieces of Picasso, Rembrandt and Matisse. The account was an instant success, with thousands of followers keeping a close eye to their evocative collages, among them Alexa herself. “Sometimes the inspiration is in the painting: We see a masterpiece of Goya, Magritte, Modigliani, or Bouguereau and then we find a pose, a gesture, a piece of clothing, a hairstyle, or a landscape that reminds us of Alexa’s pictures,” explained the sisters in a recent interview with Elle magazine. “Other times, it’s the other way ’round: Her photos remind us of art,” they concluded. This is not the first time that the duo collaborates with Dazed & Confused, since some weeks ago they prepared a series called “Kim vs. the classics” in order to celebrate the release of Kim Kardashian’sSelfiebook by Rizzoli, juxtaposing her famous selfies with paintings by Frida Kahlo, Moïse Kisling and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Judging by the amazing results, we definitely hope it is not the last!